Personal narrative and the ethics of disclosure: A case study from elite sport
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In this article the ethics of disclosure through personal narrative are explored through a relatively benign autobiographical vignette concerning the background to a doctoral study on referee communication in rugby union football. It deals specifically with the referee’s encounters with three key 'actors': his mentor, a club coach, and a player (with a rich and therefore identifiable biography) who was 'sin binned' in a particular game. Through it, four substantive themes are explored: (i) the impracticality of voluntary informed consent; (ii) anonymity — and the possibilities for the errors of disclosed identities and mistaken identities; (iii) risk of harm; and (iv) violation of privacy.
Mellick, M. and Fleming, S. (2010) 'Personal narrative and the ethics of disclosure: A case study from elite sport', Qualitative Research, 10(3), pp.299-314
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